11 July 2013

Stripped by Brooklyn Skye - Book Tour & Giveaway

Title: Stripped
Author: Brooklyn Skye
Released: May 24, 2013
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“I like you.” His voice is low and soft, which I don’t deserve. I look away, down the rutted parking lot. 
“Don’t... waste those words on me.” 
He touches my cheek. “You just need someone to show you.” 
“No.” I ease back again. “I don’t. So please, Torrin, stop trying to swoop in and save me. I don’t need saving.”
College freshman Quinn Montgomery will do anything to avoid the mistake her sister made—killing herself over a boy. But when she is forced into nude modeling at a local college to support her family after a bankruptcy, she begins to crack, just enough to let Torrin, the university’s top varsity oarsman, see that the real Quinn is not as feisty and unapproachable as she wants everyone to think. But letting someone in comes at a steep cost and, it turns out, Torrin is connected to Quinn’s family in more ways than she could ever imagine.

I will start this review by saying: I WANT THAT NECKLACE FOR MYSELF!

I feel sad for Quinn, after the tragedy that happened to her sister, she had allowed herself to believe that broken heart kills. She was never the same again after her sister, Zoe killed herself over a boy. She avoided love like a plague and entered in a relationship with no emotional involvement.

When her family suffered from bankruptcy, she went into nude modelling at a local college to pay for her school fees. There she met, Torrin - the Head of the Harbor - the university's top varsity oarsman. Her walls begin to crumble, and all of a sudden, Torrin slowly creeps in to her life. 

They share an amazing chemistry at first sight - their endless bantering and witty conversations entertained me. Quinn speaks her mind and Torrin isn't afraid to speak his as well. Their relationship was a slow progress since Quinn has the fear of falling in love. But who can resist a guy who can converse with you over mundane topics or the one who read books?!  I totally love a guy who reads! #superswoon! And oh, did I tell you he's good in photography as well? He might as well be the perfect guy for Quinn, except for one tiny-bitty fact. One important fact that he neglected to tell her. (Well, I was torn between two suspicions about who Torrin is...)

Quinn would have benefited if her parents just told her about Zoe. She had suffered so much nightmares and heartaches, I wished she seek for help from grief-counselors. It didn't help that her family was involved in a scandal just months after Zoe died. It was the final nail in the coffin. If someone probably talked to her, explained, made her understand, her negative look on love would have been non-existent. And of course, if Torrin had been honest, and brave enough to tell her the connection he has with the family - it would have save them the trouble.

Nevertheless, Stripped was a nice read. I was entertained with the character's verbal foreplay from their first meeting, the progress of their relationship, the ups and downs. But what I loved most is Quinn's journey in finally overcoming grief and giving a chance on love and romance. There's no emotion that can come close with falling in love. Like me, by the time you reached the final page, you'd be head over hills with Torrin. 


“You should have these back.”

His hand gently clutches around my wrist. “Ten minutes.”

I look up at him, brow crinkled. A wry smile twists his lips.

“I was secretly betting myself how long you’d be able to keep this on before freaking out. You didn’t even last ten minutes.” That smile makes me want to kiss him again. So I do. Then I realize what he’s said and elbow him halfheartedly in the ribs.

“I am not freaking out.” I don’t think. I focus on the zing of electricity between our bodies—his half-naked, mine ridiculously clothed. No, definitely not freaking out. “I just…if this is special I don’t want to take it from you.”

He slides his hand up my arm with a touch as light as a butterfly’s.

“Keep it, Quinn.”

I nod, resting my head against his shoulder. “Just think…if we wouldn’t have fallen in the water I may not be here right now.”

“You fell.” His soft voice ends on a chuckle. “I jumped in after you.”

Mom hadn’t told me losing my only sister would be like losing a part of me, the part which made me feel like everything in life would be okay. 
These pictures remind me something can have a flaw and still be beautiful. 
“You fell.” His soft voice ends on a chuckle. “I jumped in after you.”

Brooklyn Skye grew up in a small town where she quickly realized writing was an escape from small town life. Really, she’s just your average awkward girl who’s obsessed with words. Her Best Selling New Adult debut, STRIPPED, is out NOW! Represented by Bree Ogden of D4EO Literary Agency.

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